Radeon RX 580 8GB

AMD £230


All is not lost when you can’t com­pete for the fastest graph­ics card. The sweet spot for gam­ing per­for­mance and value tends to be around £200, and AMD is far more com­pet­i­tive here. In fact, the RX 580 8GB usu­ally beats Nvidia’s com­pet­ing GTX 1060 6GB, for less money and with 2GB more VRAM.

How much do you give up when mov­ing from an RTX 2070 to the RX 580 8GB? The RTX 2070 is nearly twice as fast, on ex­ist­ing games, for more than dou­ble the price. More im­por­tantly, how­ever, across our test suite the RX 580 av­er­ages more than 60fps in about half of the games at ul­tra qual­ity and drop­ping a few set­tings a notch or two should get nearly ev­ery game above that thresh­old.

AMD has a ru­moured up­date com­ing, ei­ther RX 680 or RX 590, us­ing a third re­vi­sion of its Polaris ar­chi­tec­ture. That could mean im­proved clock speeds and lower power use for a sim­i­lar price, but we would pre­fer a truly new ar­chi­tec­ture. Nvidia has re­vamped half of its cur­rent of­fer­ings, and up­dates to the GTX 1060 and be­low can’t be too far off in the fu­ture.

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